France Gets to Host World Series of Poker Europe in 2011

Published Saturday, February 12, 2011 -

The World Series of Poker was founded in 1970 and in 2010, the WSOP attracted over 72,000 entrants from 117 different countries and awarded over $187 million in prize money. In a recent announcement that stunned the U.K. online poker community the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe will be moved to France, marking the first change in venue in the five year history of the event. The 2011 WSOPE will be held in Cannes, atthe Casino Barrière de Cannes Croisette and the Hôtel Majestic Barrière.

The change in venues will allow the tournament to accommodate 75 tables, giving it twice the capacity that it has previously enjoyed at the Casino of the Empire in London. The 2011 edition of the WSOPE will feature seven bracelet events up from five bracelet events last year. The event will be rebranded as World Series of Poker Europe Presented by In addition, the Barrière Poker Tour 2011 will include seven stops qualifying for the World Series of Poker Europe.

Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc. and Lucien Barrière Hôtels & Casinos and are combining forces to offer a major tournament better than any that came before.
Dominique Desseigne, Groupe Lucien Barrière’s Chief Executive Officer commented at eh press conference, “This alliance backs our powerful synergy strategy between offline and online gaming, and it is an honour to associate ourselves with the most prestigious poker tournament in the world,”
Caesars Interactive Entertainment’s, Chief Executive Officer, Mitch Garber, also commented, “This is a unique agreement between two casino leaders with great brands. Lucien Barrière Hôtels & Casinos is a well-run organization and we are excited to work with them to access the French market with high-quality and reputable poker events both in their hotels and casinos, and online with”
The field has just been opened up for more players more prizes and more poker action and it it is sure not to disappoint French players one bit.





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